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Syrian Refugees Allegedly Maltreated by Greek Authorities

Refugees_GreeceAccording to an Amnesty International report published on Friday, entitled “An international failure: the Syrian refugee crisis,” Greek and Bulgarian authorities are accused of “deplorable treatment” of Syrian refugees. The report mentions “life threatening push-back operations along the Greek coast, and detention for weeks in poor conditions in Bulgaria.”
Refugees reported that Greek police and coastguard officers beat them, took their belongings away and pushed them back to Turkey.
A 32-year-old Syrian man described the way in which he, and a group of 30 refugees including his mother, were treated by the Greek coastguard near the Greek island of Samos in October. “They made the men lie in the boat, they stepped on us and then hit us with their weapons for three hours,” he said. ” The next morning they put us back on our boat, towed us back out and left us in the middle of the sea.” he said.
Amnesty International’s report highlights the inability of the European Union to deal with immigration issues, noting that over the past two years, 228 million euros was provided for border controls while only 12 million euros was allocated to Greece for supporting immigrants.
Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty and AI) is a non governmental organisation focused on human rights. The objective of the organisation is to conduct research and  prevent the abuse of human rights.

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